Information Technology News.


IT industry CEOs urge Congress to increase computer training of US kids

Share on Twitter.

Sponsered ad: Get a Linux Enterprise server with 92 Gigs of RAM, 16 CPUs and 8 TB of storage at our liquidation sale. Only one left in stock.

Sponsered ad: Order the best SMTP service for your business. Guaranteed or your money back.

April 27, 2016

Several IT industry CEOs and top executives has urged Congress to increase computer science training into the brains of young American teenagers, in an effort to boost the country's global positioning as a top leader in IT technology.

The letter, signed by more than forty CEOs, VPs, board chairs and company founders asks that all members of the Senate and the House to direct funding and support for new initiatives that would create comp-science programs in primary and secondary schools.

"We demand that Congress urgently accelerates local efforts in classrooms and the K-12 system, unlock opportunity in every state, and give an answer to all the parents and teachers who believe that every student in every school should have a chance to learn computer science," the letter reads.

Signers of the open letter include Bill and Melinda Gates, Tim Cook, Larry Ellison, Mark Benioff, Ginni Rometty, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, Jeff Bezos and Satya Nadella, among many others.

In addition to the CEOs, the letter is signed by twenty-eight state governors and a number of school superintendents, and technology-focused nonprofit agencies such as the IEEE.

The letter highlights a severe shortfall in qualified computer science graduates, claiming that America produces only about 50,000 qualified graduates a year for approximately 500,000 job openings.

"Whether a student aspires to be a software engineer, or if he or she just wants a well-rounded education in today's rapidly changing world, access to computer science in K-12 school is an economic imperative for our nation to remain competitive," the letter asserted.

"And with today's rapidly growing threat of cyber warfare, this is even a critical matter of national security," the letter underlined.

That same reported shortfall in IT workers has been cited by several companies who want to overhaul the H-1B worker program, which was filled within days of opening its registration window this year.

High-tech firms, including those who signed the open letter to Congress on education, have asked for additional H-1B workers to be allowed into America in order to address the shortage of job applicants.

The companies are asking Congress to help close the gap by training students early on in hopes that they will be inspired to pursue computer science majors in university to fill the hundreds of thousands of vacant job positions currently available in the United States.

Currently, the change.org petition accompanying the letter has just over 3,200 signatures toward a 5,000 goal. We'll keep you posted on this and other developments as they happen.

Source: Change.org.

Sponsered ad: Get a Linux Enterprise server with 92 Gigs of RAM, 16 CPUs and 8 TB of storage at our liquidation sale. Only one left in stock.

Sponsered ad: Order the best SMTP service for your business. Guaranteed or your money back.

Share on Twitter.

IT News Archives | Site Search | Advertise on IT Direction | Contact | Home

All logos, trade marks or service marks on this site are the property of their respective owners.

Sponsored by Sure Mail™, Avantex and
by Montreal Server Colocation.

       © IT Direction. All rights reserved.